Planning Department Application Forms - Submittal Requirements & Fees

This page lists the application forms reviewed by the Planning Department for various construction and business-related activities within Athens-Clarke County. Below you will find information about number of copies required, fees, and electronic plan submittal requirements. All of these applications should be submitted to the Planning Department.

More information:
Alphabetical list of applications - includes a short explanation of each form
Reference Materials - additional planning & zoning information
Electronic Plan Information - how to prepare and submit digital plan copies

Choose an application type to scroll directly to that section: 

GENERAL / BUSINESS

Document

Fee

Application Copies Required

Plan Copies Required

Electronic Plans Required?

Community Garden Application $50 new
$10 renewal

1

1

No

Home Occupation Application $20

1

0

No

Neighborhood Registration Form $0

1

1

No

Prescribed Grazing Application $10

1

1

No

Pressure Washing Form $0

1

0

No

Sign Review Application 
(Reviewed by Planning Department, separate permit issued by Building Inspections Department)
$20

1

1

Recommended


CONSTRUCTION / DEVELOPMENT

Document

Fee

Application Copies Required

Plan Copies Required

Electronic Plans Required?

Changes to Approved Permit Plans

$50

1 Building: 2
Site: 4
Yes
Concept Review

$25

1

Building: 3
Site: 5

Yes

Demolition & Relocation Review -
Non-exempt

$85

1 1 Yes
Demolition & Relocation Review -
Exempt

$10

1 1 Yes
Environmental Areas Permit $10

1

1

Recommended

Planning Department Re-Inspection
(for all Certificate of Occupancy and Certificate of Completion inspections after the second inspection)

$20

n/a n/a n/a
Plans Review Application
 
Plans Review Handbook

Plans Review
Fee Calculator

1

 Building: 3
Site: 5

Yes

Revision Submittal Form 

$20

1

Building: 2
Site: 4

Yes

Timber Harvesting Notification $0

1

1

No

Tree Management Plan Application

$50

1

2

Yes

Telecommunications Facility Registration

$30

1

1

Yes

Temporary Telecommunication
Facility Permit

$100

1

1

No

Zoning Permit - New Single-Family Construction & Additions over 50% $50 1 1
3 upon approval
Recommended
Zoning Permit - All Other Items $10

1

1

Recommended


PLATS / SUBDIVISIONS

Document

Fee

Application Copies Required

Plan Copies Required

Electronic Plans Required?

Preliminary Plat 

$30 plus
$10 per lot

1

5

Yes

Final Plat - Four lots or less 

$50 plus
$10 per lot

1

Septic: 5
Sewer: 4

Yes

Final Plat - More than four lots 

$75 plus
$10 per lot
(total not to exceed $500)

1

Septic: 5
Sewer: 4

Yes

Subdivision Site Review 

Plans Review
Fee Calculator

1

5

Yes

Final Plat Submittal Guidelines


BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

Document

Fee Application Copies Required Plan Copies Required Electronic Plans Required?
Appeals of Appointed Board Rulings

$50

n/a

n/a

n/a

Hearings Board

Variance - Community Tree Management

$200

20

20

Yes

Variance - Flood Protection

$200

20

20

Yes

Variance - Floodplain & Riparian Buffer Areas

$200

20

20

Yes

Variance - Signs

$200

20

20

Yes

Variance - Zoning & Development Standards

$200

20

20

Yes

Variance - Stormwater Management Standards

$200

20

20

Yes

Waiver - Forest Management Activity

$200

20

20

Yes

Historic Preservation Commission

Certificate of Appropriateness: Staff Review 

$20

3

3

Yes

Certificate of Appropriateness:
Material Changes, Hardscape Features (Minor Project)

$50

3

10

Yes

Certificate of Appropriateness: Remodeling & Additions, New Accessory Structures (Moderate Project)

$150

3

10

Yes

Certificate of Appropriateness:
New Construction of Primary Structures (Major Project)

$500

3

10

Yes

Conceptual Preliminary Design Review 

$0

1

12

Yes

Historic Preservation Tax Freeze Application 

$50

1

0

Yes

Planning Commission

Planned Development Application
Planned Development Submittal Requirements

$1,400

2

23

Yes

Rezone Application - Type I 
Rezone Submittal Requirements

$1,250

2

23

Yes

Rezone Application - Type II  
Rezone Submittal Requirements

$600

2

23

Yes

Special Use Application - Type I
Special Use Submittal Requirements
Special Use Submittal Requirements in Airport Overlay

$1,250

2

23

Yes

Special Use Application - Type II 
Special Use Submittal Requirements

$750

2

23

Yes

Planning Commission Variance Application

$200

Pages 1-2: 2 
Pages 3-5: 23 

n/a

Yes

Alternative Compliance Application - Type III
Alternative Compliance Submittal Requirements

$150

2

23

Yes

Concept Review Application - Type III

$150

2

23

Yes

Administrative Action Application

$50

3

3

Yes

Pre-Application Conference $0 1 0 No

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PRINTS, COPIES & MAPS

Item Size

Cost

Copies

8 1/2 x 11 inches

$0.25

11 x 17 inches

$0.50

GIS Data Viewer Prints

8 1/2 x 11 inches

$0.25

8 1/2 x 14 inches

$0.50

11 x 17 inches

$1

Special Orders / Color Prints

8 1/2 x 11 inches

$8

11 x 17 inches

$10

24 x 36 inches

$25

36 x 48 inches

$35

KIP Copies

Labor First 15 minutes free, then $15 per hour 
In-house, no labor

$0.35 per square foot
(17x22 & 18x24 = $1; 24x36 = $2; 36x42 = $3.50)

Other items

$0.45 per foot plus labor

Topos

$2.50 plus labor

Ordinances, Studies & Maps

Individual Chapters of Development Regulations **

$5

Environmental Areas Ordinance **

$5

Sign Ordinance **

$10

Comprehensive Plan CD

$10

Infill Housing Study (2008)
(This is a large file & may take several moments to load)

$30

Zoning Map
(This is a large file & may take several moments to load)

$35

Future Development Map
(This is a large file & may take several moments to load)

$35

GIS Data Set
(tax parcels, planimetric and topographical data, street centerlines, etc.)

$50

ACC Orthophoto Data (seamless or tiles)

$50


STAFF RESEARCH

Document

Fee

GIS / graphics research assistance (no maps generated)

First 30 minutes free, then $18 per hour

GIS / graphics research assistance (maps generated)

First 15 minutes free, then $18 per hour

GIS data viewer research

First 15 minutes is free, then $7 per hour

Open Records Request 

Fee based on amount of requested information

Zoning Verification Request

$10


** The Athens-Clarke County Code of Ordinances is online at Municode. Please note that this searchable version of the code does not include changes to the code approved by the Mayor and Commission since the last update to the official printed version.  For the most current Zoning & Development, Sign and Environmental Areas ordinance information, please contact the Planning Department at 706-613-3515.  Updates are also posted on the main Code of Ordinances webpage.

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